Hushed Start For Lexus RC F GT Prototype At VLN8
Farnbacher Racing was plagued by bad luck at the 48th ADAC Barbarossa Prize, the eighth points-scoring race of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring. After a good qualifying session and even a few miles in the lead, the Lexus RC F GT prototype was prematurely forced out of the contest.
Mario Farnbacher netted starting position six for the RC F GT3 prototype with an 8:01.953 minute lap time. “The session went well, the car hugged the track like a dream. My feeling says we could even go a bit faster. Let’s see what happens in the race,” said the 24-year-old after qualifying.
His assumption was promptly confirmed by brother, Dominik, who needed just 7:59.435 minutes for the second lap of the race, a 24.358 kilometre circuit comprising the short loop of the Grand Prix course and the Nordschleife. This corresponded to a 182.90 km/h average speed.
After three laps, the Lexus has already jostled its way forward to second position, putting up a nail-biting fight with competitors from BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. The ultimate highlight was a one-lap leadership which was relinquished after the first pit stop.
“We came out of the incident relatively unscathed thanks to the prescribed safety clothing which we always place great emphasis on. We hope our two mechanics make a quick recovery and hope to see them again at the next race,” says Dominik Farnbacher. “We didn’t continue the race after that because we first want to investigate what caused the fire.”
The season’s ninth race will take place on two weeks’ time on 8 October 2016.